Tyler’s Take – Kayne West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

The biggest ego in hip-hop is making a return to the game. Barack Obama thinks this guy is a jackass, Taylor Swift isn’t that fond of him, and Eminem dropped his name a couple of times on his latest record. So should West ease up on his own brand of …

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Music runs through Michael Rault’s veins

From the time we are born, we pick up habits and traits from those who raised us. But how far does it go? Can something as deep as a love and desire to create music stem from our upbringing? Michael Rault is an up-and-coming singer and songwriter based in Edmonton. …

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Tyler’s Take: Underoath Ø (Disambiguation)

Solid State Records’ highest earning band is back with a new record. Well, Underoath says it’s new. But upon listening, I’m not so sure. Ø (Disambiguation) is the first record the band has made without any help from their last original member, drummer Aaron Gillespie. Gillespie recently announced a friendly …

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Webisode host offers winter beauty tips

Just because winter is back with a vengeance, it doesn’t mean you have to resort to eight months of sweats, hoodies and pasty, flaky skin. Looking and feeling good go hand-in-hand, but Allison Cullen–host, creator, and stylist for the webisode show, MakeMe Glamorous–says it’s not necessary to become high maintenance …

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Seniors reclaim sexuality

If grandma ever started talking about her sex life during Sunday dinner, you’d likely cover your ears, close your eyes and imagine your happy place. But sexuality is as important to the over 60 set as it is to anyone else. The trouble is nobody has been willing to admit …

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Dining on Dad’s dime

It’s Monday night, and we’re on the couch trying to rinse the taste of tutelage from our minds with the tube. Hunger strikes. We crack the fridge but it’s emptier than a Justin Bieber lyric. Damn this student grocery budget business.  Thanks for nothing, Post Secondary Loans Program. Think fast. …

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Graffiti art fills in the grey areas

“Could you imagine, opening your door and just seeing art everywhere?” Calgary graffiti artist Tower ponders this idea – his idea – of a utopian world. “I had a dream like that once, and that’s what I want to do with my art.” Known by his alias ‘Tower’ (name withheld …

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Tyler’s Take: Jimmy Eat World, Invented

Jimmy Eat World Invented The kings of the heartbreak song are making noise again. Invented is Jimmy Eat World’s sixth full-length studio album. Remember the hard-working band that brought you feel-good hits like The Middle, and Sweetness? “It just takes some time little girl.” Yes, that band. This is definitely …

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One man’s trash: Calgary poet laments loss of Letraset

It won’t be long before derek beaulieu – poet, artist, publisher and anthologist – can no longer come by his chosen art medium. Beaulieu uses old-fashioned letter transfers, Letraset, to create optical poetry. In doing so, he allows each tangible letter to express a physical meaning, free of its pre-assigned …

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Delhi 2 Dublin creates cross-cultural sound

Delhi 2 Dublin, a Vancouver-based band with members from massively diverse ethnic backgrounds, mix up fusions of electro, hip-hop, break beat, Celtic, and Punjabi to give them a unique and instantly memorable sound. Having last played the folk fest in July, they return to Calgary as part of their extensive …

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Wii Kinect with consoles that make you Move

Shoulder muscles sore? Was it heavy lifting? Strenuous physical activity? Perhaps a sports-related injury? Nope, it was Playstation Move’s Sports Champion. Ever since the Nintendo Wii was launched in late 2006, motion-controlled games have dominated the video game market. The Wii alone has sold nearly 76 million consoles over its …

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Maurice takes on this Big Country

In making their new album, Victoria–based Maurice nixed fancy production studios, and opted to go back to their basement roots. “All songs were recorded in either my apartment, or in the basement of our friend,” said JP Maurice, lead vocalist and guitarist. “The song The City was recorded out at …

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Feist doc turns amp to intimate

It’s not about what you know, but the people you surround yourself with that make you a better person, according to a new documentary detailing the making of Leslie Feist’s The Reminder. The film, Look at What the Light Did Now (LAWTLDN), details her creative process, and shows the people …

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ACAD Show and Sale “fuels sense of community”

One of ACAD’s most highly anticipated events, the Winter Show and Sale, will begin next week. “There is something for everyone,” says Katie Kimber, project co-ordinator for the Students’ Association and participant of previous events. The sale, which has been running for over 20 years, is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for …

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Tyler’s Take – Sufjan Stevens, The Age of Adz

Sufjan Stevens has finally lost his mind with the release of his long-awaited tenth album, The Age Of Adz. Rumours has it Stevens spent the better part of 2009 suffering from a strange virus that affected his nervous system, forcing him to take a break from making music. The result …

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Maurice Big Country EP Review

Don’t let the title of Maurice’s album fool you into thinking it’s twang-ridden effort of the country music genre. Big Country is actually a charmingly-poppy, six-song release with potential to send these Canadian pretty-boys into mainstream success. The unfortunate thing about EPs is that they’re always over before you really …

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Seussical musical amusical

From the 23rd of November until the 30th of December at the EPCOR Centre a fantastical Seussical world you may enter. For years, children have been magnetically drawn to the works of Dr. Seuss. In fact, what could be more appealing to a child than a six-foot tall feline in …

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Calgary’s taboo sex show: 10 years of getting it on

While some may believe sex is no longer the taboo subject it once was 10 years ago, its very mention still makes a lot of people squirm. For Jennifer McMahon, a SAIT digital graphics communication student, one of the most difficult things about sex is just talking about it. She …

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Woodpigeon migrates home

After an extensive tour of Europe this year, local folk-pop ensemble Woodpigeon is coming home. Singer and songwriter Mark Hamilton, Woodpigeon’s front man, relishes a return to his roots and the chance to play for a home crowd. “It’s always interesting … because the people at those shows are the …

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Call of Duty: Black Ops set to break records

The seventh installment of the Call of Duty video game franchise was released on Nov. 9, and it’s predicted to be not only one of the biggest entertainment launches of 2010, but of all time. “I thought it was really cool, the physics, the graphics, and the animations are awesome,” …

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